Returning to his reggae roots after two decades of mainstream success, Shaggy launched "Out of Many One Music" on September 29th at Jamaica's longest running weekly dancehall session, Rae Town. The free, Sunday night Rae Town dance began 32 years ago in front of the Capricorn Inn on Rae St., where it is still held.
On Sept. 17, SOB's nightclub in lower Manhattan presented the New York City debut of Jamaica’s most buzzed about reggae act, Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption. Throughout their 8-date Dread and Terrible east coast tour (so named for their forthcoming EP, to be released on Chronixx’s label Zinc Fence Records) which concluded on Sept. 21 in Brooklyn, Chronixx and his band have played in mostly sold-out venues averaging a capacity of 600.
A contingent of prominent New York City based Caribbean music promoters are banding together to stage the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Fest at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The concerts, which feature artists like Shabba Ranks, Capleton, Damian Marley, Kassav and Bunji Garlin, coincide with the run-up to the West Indian Day Parade, New York City's largest annual parade.
“Due to Jamaica’s exchange rate, it’s become very challenging to find acts that will resonate with the Jamaican audience and overseas visitors; some artists’ high prices are now out of reach for us,” said Summerfest Productions' CEO and executive director Johnny Gourzong.
Reggae legend Frederick “Toots” Hibbert returned to Richmond, VA earlier this week for the first time since an injurious bottle throwing incident there at the Dominion Riverrock Outdoor Sports and Music Festival on May 18, which resulted in the veteran singer receiving 7 stitches to his head. This morning Hibbert attended the arraignment of William Connor Lewis, 19, the defendant who allegedly hurled a vodka bottle at him while he performed with his band The Maytals.
New York based Jamaican label VP Records is launching Dub Rockers, a new imprint aiming to promote U.S. Reggae acts here, in Jamaica and beyond. The bew label is also partnering with Vans on a new Dub Rockers sneaker and other projects to help get the word out.
Singer Courtney John, producer Natassja "The Wizard" Hammond (Beres' daughter) and keyboardist Stephen "Lenky" Marsden have come together to play, refine, and promote their hybrid sonic creation: rootstronic, defined as “one part Kingston mash-up, one part Euro-electronica and 100% provocative," but can it catch-on?